Westminster Concert Bell Choir

2014 New England Tour

The 16-member Westminster Concert Bell Choir is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  Its director is Kathleen Ebling Shaw.  This year celebrates the 36th year of the handbell curriculum at Westminster Choir College who was the first institution in the world to develop such a program.

Hailed for its virtuosity, the Westminster Concert Bell Choir uses the largest range of handbells in the world – 8 octaves, from C1 to C9.  Many of the bells are made of bronze and range in weight from four ounces to 11 pounds; the Choir also uses the large “Basso Profundo” aluminum-cast bells that are a new phenomenon in handbell ringing.  The Choir supplements their handbell set with a six-octave set of Malmark Choirchime® instruments from C2 to C8 – the widest range in existence.

The Westminster Concert Bell Choir has appeared on Public Television’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and several holiday broadcasts of the “Today” show, including one in which the ensemble was joined by NBC television personalities Katie Couric and Willard Scott.  Its holiday performances have been heard annually on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and it is included on NPR’s Christmas Around The Country II recording.

The Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall twice during the Christmas season and was featured on New Jersey Network’s State Of The Arts program.

In December 2002 the ensemble joined Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a critically acclaimed 15-city tour entitled “A Royal Christmas.”   Most recently, the Choir joined singer, Josh Groban, appearing at NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The Choir has made nine recordings: The Pealing Bells, Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Christmas Bells, Westminster Rings!, Praise and Adoration, Christmas at Westminster: The Westminster Concert Bell Choir, By Request,  Westminster Concert Bell Choir: 30th Anniversary Collection and A Time To Dance.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

7:30  Free-will

First Congregational Church

103 Main Street

Ridgefield, CT 06877



Monday, May 19, 2014

7:00  Free-will

South United Methodist Church

1226 Main Street

Manchester, CT 06040

860- 647-9141


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

7:30  Free-will

Wellesley Hills Congregational Church

207 Washington Street

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7:30  Free-will Offering

United Church of Christ

496 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052



Thursday, May 22, 2014

7:30 Free-will Offering
John Wesley United Methodist Church
Gifford Street & Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540

Friday, May 23, 2014

7:00 p.m. Free-will Offering

Brookside Congregational Church
2013 Elm Street
Manchester, NH  03104

Sunday, May 25, 2014

4:00 p.m.  Suggested Free-will $10 Adults/$5 Students and Seniors

First Congregational Church

55 Elm Street

Camden, ME 04843



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

7:30 p.m.  Free-will

St. Brendan Parish

384 Hartford Avenue

Bellingham, MA 02019